JUST IN: Law That Would Draft Chareidi Men into IDF Passes First Reading in Knesset, 63-39


The Knesset passed a bill tonight that would draft chareidi men into the Israeli army. The bill needs three votes in order to become law.

63 MKs voted in favor of the legislation and 39 MKs voted against it.

Yahadut Hatorah MK Yaakov Litzman immediately said that if the bill indeed passes its second and third readings in the Knesset this week, UTJ will pull out of Prime Minister Bibi Netanyahu’s governing coalition.

Defense Minister and Yisrael Beiteinu chairman Avigdor Lieberman tweeted: “The Knesset showed responsibility and approved the draft law in its first reading. Four months ago we torpedoed a bad law that made a mockery of the sharing of the burden. Tonight, most of the Knesset stood behind the law of the defense establishment. I hope that the law will be approved, in its currents language, in its second and third readings during this Knesset session.”

As previously reported on Matzav, the Israeli Supreme Court gave the Knesset twelve months to pass a law instituting the drafting of chareidim.

The current law would require yeshivos to meet a quota of talmidim entering IDF service, with the numbers increasing each year, and in years 3 and 4, yeshivos that violate the law would lose government funding, with this slashed funding growing in years 5 and 6 if the yeshiva doesn’t cooperate.

The law seeks to double the number of chareidi soldiers by 2027 – for a goal of about 6,900 chareidi soldiers at that time.

{Matzav.com Israel News Bureau}


  1. Hashem yeracheim!!!!
    You fudged up the numbers a little bit.
    By 2028, 54,341 bochurim must enlist to ensure that the rest of the olam hayeshivos gets exempted.
    Reminds you of the Cantonists??

  2. Why specifically ChareidI people? What’s wrong with recruiting additional “other” people? Unless they are internally motivated, Chareidi will not make proper soldiers and only become a burden on the IDF

    • Its specifically chareidim because they view the chareidim as an existential threat to their secular lifestyle.
      They dread the day that chareidim will become a majority of the population.
      Which is why, since they know that in the army its almost impossible to walk out on the same spiritual level as you walked in, they view the army as the ‘final solution’ to the ‘Chareidi Problem’.
      The law dictates that a chareidi means someone who has studied in a yeshiva for at least 2 years after the age of 14.

  3. If chareidim would be chareidim they would not be drafted. Where are they when it comes to protest shabbos violations, parades etc.

  4. Chareidim are forced into the Shmad Army while 50% secular dodge the draft. If the only way to stop this decree is to block traffic all over the country, so will it be. This form of protest has proven time and again to be 100% successful.

  5. No we can see very clearly what the gedolim have been saying for Years, they have one Tachlis to destroy klal yisroel. I heard from someone who Rav Elyashiv Zt”l told personallly, they dont want Chareideim in the army (they just make problems: Shabbos, Kashrus, Kol Isha) they are just jealous of our way of life and want to destroy us.

    I feel very bad for these people they are playing with fire, the Torah is a lot stronger then them, and as they are fellow yidden we dont hope for bad things to happen to them but i hope they see the light before they get destroyed, bec. thats what will happen. THEY ARE PLAYING WITH FIRE!!!!


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